As mentioned yesterday, we managed to find a few retro bits and bobs on our holiday. It wasn’t supposed to have anything to do with retro or vintage, but you know what we’re like… any sniff of a flea market and we’re there!
These postcards were the first things we found, bought over a number of days:
When we found the first one, I thought perhaps that it was being used to fill up the stand, but they must still be printing them as we found three of them in many different places. We stayed in Sisco by the way, on the Cap Corse – the little finger that sticks up at the top.
The flea market we went to was in Bastia, on the morning of our flight. I think it was quite brave of Aidan to agree to go to it – he’s one of those travellers who likes to be at the airport six hours or so before check in usually. Perhaps I wasn’t reckoning with his love of flea markets!
We found these together on the same stall. They’re a little boring in the glazes, but for the novelty (and price) it was worth buying them. We’ve now got about eleven of these 242s, and this only started as we began looking out for them for a buyer who’s got over a hundred of them in different glazes. Now we have our own little collection of ones he doesn’t want!
I also discovered the ‘Magic’ setting on my camera this holiday – cue lots of pictures with random ‘sparkle’ or the pinhole setting as on these two pictures. Not sure what I think of it yet, but I’ll keep playing with it. I absolutely love the Italian bowl – a bargain at 1 Euro. The 1950s religious print was also one euro. Not something I would usually buy, but it’s so kitsch I couldn’t resist.
So, not much but a few good little finds. Just goes to show you can get a retro fix anywhere in the world – even on a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. What I particularly liked was how we managed to get a selection of stuff representative of the tat we normally buy: West German Pottery, vintage pictures, 1950s stuff and Italian tourist tat. Brilliant and perfect!
- Bring on the Summer Holidays Part One: Corsica! (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
On all of our trips (bar one) we’ve come back with a semi-naked lady… Usually to be found languishing on the back seat of the car, showing off her attributes to all and sundry who may peer into the back seat. The last roadtrip was no exception: this time we brought back not one, not two but three sultry-looking females. Oh, it makes you go all a-flutter…
I’ll let you into a secret… we actually bought two of these! It took me a while to convince Aidan to even buy the first one. I’m not sure why… have you seen her?! Anyway, I’m glad we did as we’ve sold one to Wowie Zowie and kept one for ourselves. So, if you’re a bit keen on Ilonka, get yourself down to Wowie Zowie in Chorlton, Manchester (opposite the Unicorn Grocery store).
If you look at my post about Melanie earlier in the week, you’ll notice that the sticker is the same so they must have been sold at the same shop or department store. I’d pay a fair amount of money for a catalogue of that era from that store!
I’ve tried researching H. Walter and ‘Ilonka’ print, but just can’t seem to find anything. Perhaps it’s a one-off? What I have found was this:
I found this at the Tretchikoff.au website. Startlingly similar, no? A bit like the Tina/Nina similarities by J. H. Lynch and Van der Syde. Unfortunately, without being able to find anything more about either artist, I’ve got little chance of finding out which picture came first.
Perhaps I should rename this post ‘Sexy Saturday’ in honour of these two foxy ladies? It’s enough to get you all hot under the collar…
- Louis Shabner ‘Melanie’ Vintage Print (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
Aha! The Eagle Eyes have been at it again. Look very closely…
We’re planning to put one of ours in the exact same spot! ‘Zulu Girl’ is waiting to be hung up – as soon as I’ve convinced Aidan to buy a new drill capable of getting through our stone walls.
This episode (Episode 6 of Series 3) of Father Ted is when he kicks Bishop Brennan up the arse. Apart from the Tretchikoff sighting, it also has my favourite ever bit from Father Ted in it: when Father Jack says, “I’m soooo, soooo sorrryyyyy!” Closely followed by, “I love my brick!” for best line, in my opinion.
I need to go to bed. Or get out more. One or the other…
- Presents: Pottery and Pictures (littleowlski.wordpress.com)
We found this on our last trip:
It’s a print by Bernard Buffet, a French painter. Once again, we appear to have found something that, despite not knowing anything about it, could actually be quite interesting. To me, this seemed to be an example of mass market art; standing quite well alongside the Tretchikoff and Lynch prints we love so much. Don’t get me wrong, I really quite like his style.
Even more so when I found this online:
Could it be more perfect for this blog?
Anyway, I digress… Just a quick look at some of the websites dedicated to Buffet seem to indicate a far greater acceptance of his work than other mass market artists working at the same time. Is this because his work does not feature big eyed children? Or busty, semi-naked or green-skinned women? What makes one person’s work ‘arty’ and prestigious, whilst another is considered vulgar or mass-produced? A question I’m sure I’ve asked before (and will probably ask again).
Whatever the answer, I quite like his work. And - as always – I don’t need much of an excuse to indulge in lots and lots of pictures of things I like…
He also liked birds of a different variety:
There are tons more. Some useful and interesting links are below: